Effective April 15, 1954



Is the Property of


and is loaned to



who will be held responsible for its care. Should the book be lost or destroyed, or should the employee fail to return it to proper official on leaving the service, the sum of fifty cents must be paid in settlement therefor.

The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company


of the


Effective April 15, 1935



of the


The rules herein set forth govern employes of the Marine Department of The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company.

They are effective April 15, 1954 superseding all other rules and instructions inconsistent therewith.

General and special instructions may be issued upon proper authority.

Sup’t., Marine Department

General Superintendent


Safety is of the first importance in the discharge of duty.

Obedience to the rules is essential to safety.

To enter or remain in the service is an assurance of willingness to obey the rules.

The service demands the faithful, intelligent and courteous discharge of duty.

In case of doubt or uncertainty, the safe course must be taken.

In case of doubt or uncertainty, the safe course must be taken.

Courtesy and friendliness must be extended to all patrons of the Company and particular consideration given to the comfort and needs of passengers.

The public judges a railroad largely by the treatment accorded by its employees. Good will and friendship of its patrons and the communities served by the railroad are valuable assets, attained only by fair treatment of all persons and lost quickly by a careless manner.

Courtesy is something the public has the right to expect, and it is the duty of each employee to perform his work in a kindly and gracious manner. A strong



recommendation for promotion is a record of uniform courtesy and helpfulness.

It is the desire of this Company that all its employees appreciate and fully measure up to their duty and privilege in this respect.

To obtain promotion, ability must be shown for greater responsibility.


A.  Employees whose duties are prescribed by these rules must provide themselves with a copy.
Persons employed in any service in the Marine Department are subject to the rules and special instructions.
Employees must keep themselves informed of all instructions and or general orders placed from time to time on bulletin boards.

B.  Employees must be conversant with and obey the rules and instructions.
As many of the rules apply similarly to employees in various classes of service, it is essential that all the rules prescribing their several duties, or necessary restrictions, be uniformly understood and obeyed.
If in doubt as to their meaning or application they must apply to proper authority for explanation.

C.  Employees must pass the required examinations.

E.  Employees must render every assistance in their power in carrying out the rules and instructions and must report promptly to the proper official any violation thereof, also misconduct or negligence



affecting the Company’s interest.

F.  Mechanical failures or any unusual conditions which may affect marine operations must be promptly reported by quickest available means of communication to the proper authority.

G.  The use of intoxicants or narcotics by employees subject to duty or their possession or use while on duty, is prohibited.

H.  Employees must observe the provisions of Company regulations and all locai ordinances prohibiting smoking on the water front or on marine equipment.

J.  Employees, who are required to wear uniforms, must, while on duty, wear the prescribed badge and uniform and be neat in appearance.

K.  To avoid annoyance to the public, emloyees and others authorized to transact business at stations and on or about boats, must be courteous, orderly and quiet.
The use of profane, indecent or disrespectful language is prohibited.

L.  In case of danger to the railroad property employees must promptly unite to protect it.
Fire apparatus must be kept ready for instant use.

M.  Employees must exercise care, to avoid injury to themselves or others. They must observe the condition of equipment and the tools which they use in performing their duties and when found defective will, if practicable, put them in safe condition, reporting defects to the proper authority.

N.  Employees will be held responsible for the proper use and protection of the property intrusted to their care, and on leaving the service must surrender it to the proper officer.

O.  Employees must keep the boats and places in their charge in a neat and orderly condition.
Employees must not throw or sweep material of any kind overboard.
When removing snow from boats employees must not shovel snow on stringpiece of docks.

P.  Injuries to persons, collisions or other accidents must be reported promptly to the proper authority. The names and addresses of as many witnesses as possible must be obtained, together with the names and addresses of the injured person or persons. In case of boat accident involving injuries to passengers, employees must en-



deavor to obtain a list of the names and addresses of as many passengers as possible, inquiring of each whether injured or not, if so, to what extent, and writing down the replies.
In case of damage to motor vehicle or vehicles, employees must obtain the names and addresses of the owners, also names and addresses of the operators and the license plate numbers of all vehicles involved.

Q.  Employees are required to report for duty on time and must not be absent from duty without permission. They must not delegate their duties to anyone else except as prescribed by the rules.
Employees reporting for duty must have had ample rest.
Employees must not sleep on duty.

R.  Employees must yield a willing obedience to the orders and instructions of their superiors and render strict performance of duty.
It is required that employees not be insubordinate, dishonest, immoral, quarrelsome or vicious. They must meet their financial obligations.

S.  Employees who are careless of the safety of themselves or others may not

be retained in the service.

T.  Unauthorized persons must not be permitted upon boats.

U.  Employees are forbidden to sell old rope or any other new or used material belonging to the Company.
Employees are forbidden to remove from Company property, piers or boats, any articles other than personal belongings, without obtaining a permit to do so from the D.L. & W.R.R. Police Department.
Employees finding any articles, the ownership of which is not accounted for, are to report same to their immediate superior at once, who in turn will submit written report promptly to the Office of Superintendent, Marine Department.
Theft or pilferage is sufficient cause for dismissal.

V.  Gambling, in any form, on the boats or premises of the Company is prohibited.

W.  When an employee is served with a subpoena, summons or other legal process in which this Company, is, or may, be, interested, requiring such employee to report to any court or officer, he shall at once notify the head of the department in which employed.



Employees are forbidden to give any statements or information, either verbal or written, to attorneys or others about accidents or other matters pertaining thereto, except to attorneys or representatives of this Company.
This rule shall not prohibit the furnishing of information to public authorities or to a person in interest as to the fact incident to the injury or death of any person; provided, however, that information contained in the files of the Company or other privileged or confidential reports, must not be divulged.
Employees intrusted with records, waybills, statistics or correspondence of the Company must not, under any circumstances, permit persons unauthorized by their superiors to have access thereto, or verbally or otherwise divulge any of the Company’s affairs.
Employees must not divulge to any person other than the shipper, consignee or duly authorized public officer, any information concerning shipments of freight, which information might be used to the disadvantage of the patrons of the railroads.

X.  Employees must comply with the regulations issued by the Commandant of





1.  The Master (or Pilot) is responsible for the safe operation of his boat and tow. The safety of the boat, passengers and crew is the first and all important consideration. The pilot rules and other governmental laws and regulations must be complied with at all times.

2.  A Master is responsible for the maintenance of a proper look out at all times when his vessel is under way.

3.  A Master must assure himself that all equipment and documents as required by law are on board his boat at all times and that equipment is in serviceable condition. A daily inspection and check must be made of fire fighting, life saving and salvage equipment and notation placed on log showing condition found. Fire pumps must be tested at least once a week, weather permitting.

4.  Boats must not be operated at any time without proper crew as required in Inspection Papers.

5.  A Master is in charge of his crew and must require strict obedience to the rules. Any violation of orders or insubordination must be reported immediately to proper


6.  Should a Master see fit to permit any member of his crew to handle the boat, such operation must be under the Master’s supervision. A Master is responsible for the action of such member while handling the boat.

7.  Masters and Engineers must be governed by the bell, telegraph and whistle signals adopted by this Company.

8.  A Master is responsible for carrying the proper lights as required by the Pilot Rules, on both his own vessel and on boats in tow.

9.  When working adjacent to any ferry slip, tugs and their tows must be kept in such a position so as not to interfere with the arrival or departure of ferryboats.

10.  As soon as tow orders are received, a Master shall inform his Engineer of the work to be done.

11.  When tow orders do not agree with the manifest papers on the boat to be towed, a Master must immediately contact Tug Dispatcher, notifying him of same, and be governed by instructions received.

12.  A Master must not bridge or unbridge a float while cars are being pulled or loaded on a float in an adjacent bridge. Should yard forces start loading or pulling



of float after Master has started in bridge with float alarm whistles must be blown to attract attention of yard forces.

13.  In the event of a fire involving Company property, the Master must sound the fire call.

14.  A Master must respond immediately to fire call and proceed to scene of fire, notifying Tug Dispatcher promptly.

15.  Fire axes required by Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection must be used only for the purpose designated.

16.  A Master must not remove a float from bridge when in his judgement float is not safely loaded. A Master must immediately notify Tug Dispatcher, giving all particulars.

17.  When necessary to shift other boats in order to place or pick up a boat, Master must arrange that all boats are properly secured before leaving.

18.  A Master must not leave boats adrift while engaged in picking up or landing other boats.

19.  Deckhands and Tug Floatmen, when tying up boats, must see that they are properly secured with a good lead on lines.

20.  When towing floats to or from

points other than Company stations, seals must be checked before leaving. If defective seal is discovered, proper authority must be notified immediately.

21.  All mooring and towing lines must be made fast on bitts or cleats provided for that purpose.

22.  An Engineer is in charge of his Department and is responsible for the safe operation of engines, boilers and auxiliaries.

23.  An Engineer must maintain discipline in his own Department, subject to Rule No. 5.

24.  When warming up engine while boat is made fast to the dock, an Engineer must have Oiler or Fireman watch mooring lines until proper strain is on them. Engine must not be turned over any harder thereafter while working on lines.

25.  An Engineer, when going on duty, must check water in boilers and the amount of steam shown on steam gauges, and as soon as engines and auxiliaries are started, must satisfy himself that all are in safe operating condition.

26.  An Engineer must make frequent inspections and report any defects found to proper authority.

27.  An Engineer must report to the



Master immediately any condition which may affect the operation of the boat.

28.  An Engineer must take the necessary steps to insure that his relief is informed of anything unusual in the working of the engine such as crank pin running warm, or bearing keyed up, boiler priming, pumps or auxiliaries not operating properly, boat making water through tail shaft gland or from any other source.

29.  When boat is laid up, Engineer must assure himself that fires are in proper condition, that there is sufficient water in boilers and that all valves involving the safety of the vessel are in the proper position.

30.  Should it become necessary for an Engineer to leave engine while it is in motion, he must have Oiler or Fireman stand by engine.

31.  Should it become necessary for an Engineer to go ashore, the Master must be informed and upon return of the Engineer, he must advise the Master that he is aboard.

32.  Should an Engineer see fit to permit the Oiler or Fireman to handle the engine, it must be under the Engineer’s supervision, and the Engineer is responsible for the actions of either while hand-

ling engine.

33.  Unauthorized persons must not be permitted in the engine room.

34.  On a boat where fire pump is connected up so that it can be used in place of air or circulating pump in an emergency Engineer must familiarize himself with all valves, and piping connections necessary to change to fire pump. Such valves and connections must be kept in good operating conditions at all times.

35.  The safety skin cock or valve on or near the hull on the bottom and surface lines must be kept in operating condition at all times in the event the bottom or surface blow valve should stick or cannot be closed.

36.  Oilers and Firemen are under the supervision of Engineers in carrying out of their duties, subject to Rule No. 5.

37.  It is the duty of Watchmen to check amount of water in boilers, fires and steam pressure on laid up boats and to examine bilges for water, and if necessary syphon or pump out bilges. Should any excessive amount of water be found in the bilges of any boat, the fact must be reported immediately to proper authority.

38.  Watchman must maintain a sufficient amount of steam on boilers of each



boat to provide for the immediate operation of fire pumps in case of emergency or to enable boat to be put in service on short notice.

39.  Watchman must go on board boats as promptly as possible after they are laid up. When going aboard the boats careful watch must be kept in order to discover any lighted cigars, cigarettes or other potential fire hazard that may exist.

40.  Should a Watchman observe any unauthorized person on board laid up boats, proper authority must be immediately notified.

41.  Foreman Floatman is responsible for the safe loading of carfloats. He must inform Tug Dispatcher immediately if, in his judgement, a float is not properly loaded.

42.  Foreman Floatman must be assured that brakes are set and cars properly checked and chained before releasing floats from bridges.

43.  Foreman Floatman must not permit loaded or partially loaded floats to be pulled off pins by tugboats.

44.  Foreman Floatman must see that carfloats at bridges are checked for amount of water in compartments, inspect for damages and see that proper number

of lines are on board floats.

45.  Foreman Floatman must see that lights on racks and bridges are properly lighted at night or whenever necessary.

46.  Foreman Floatman must see that on floats, partially loaded, that cars are placed back to second chain. Under no conditions must floats be released from bridges when cars are extending over end of float.

47.  Foreman Floatman must see that rack lines are placed on floats while being loaded or unloaded in float bridges.

48.  Floats coming into bridges must be inspected by Foreman Floatman. Lines and dunnage must be removed from track rails. Irregularities must be reported to proper authority.

49.  When handling three track floats, chains on cars on center track must not be removed until cars have been removed from either side.

50.  Should, for any reason, a dispute arise on a float consigned to an outside point in connection with float or cargo, Floatman must notify proper authority by telephone as soon as practicable, giving full details.



Nos. 51 to 84, INCLUSIVE.

51.  Each day, when at Home Terminal, Captains and Steam Hoist Engineers must consult the bulletin board located at Eastbound Boat Dispatcher’s Office, Pier 4, DL&W RR Terminal, Hoboken, N. J.

52.  Captains and Steam Hoist Engineers must not leave their boats during working hours, except for meal period or to transact Company business, without first obtaining permission from proper authority.

53.  When Captains report on their boats they must immediately inspect condition of boats and report any exceptions to proper authority.

54.  Before leaving boat upon completion of tour of duty Captain must take every possible precaution to safeguard boat and cargo. Sufficient lines, with proper leads must be put out to make sure boat does not go adrift.

55.  Captains must keep their boats neat and clean and check equipment each day. They must see that inflammable material is kept in proper receptacles.

56.  The compartments in the holds of steel barges, lighters and scows are sealed tight, making it possible for gas to accumulate. No one is to be permitted in the holds and naked lights are not to be permitted in the vicinity of the openings to any of these compartments when hatches are open.

57.  When on board their boats during working hours, Captains must stand by and handle their lines when called upon to do so by tugboat crews or Steamship or Consignees’ employees.

58.  Rope life lines are provided on covered barges to go across gangways. These lines must be kept in place when gangway doors are closed, when Captain is on boat and when going off duty. If at any time these rope life lines are missing, Captain must immediately rig new ones.

59.  If at any time evidence is found that cargo has been pilfered or damaged, Captain must telephone report immediately to proper authority. Written report, giving all details, including order number, nature and cause, must be submitted as promptly as possible to proper authority.

60.  When ready to tow, Captain must report his boat promptly to proper authority. If boat is blocked in, report must be



made to proper authority.

61.  If boat is leaking, lying in an exposed place, or being damaged by reason of being pounded against dock or other vessel, Captain must telephone Tug Dispatcher immediately.

62.  Captains’ daily reports must show every dock at which boat has been made fast for previous twenty-four hours, whether or not freight was received or delivered.

63.  When boat is away from Home Terminal and Captain is ordered to watch cargo, he must remain on board his boat at all times unless otherwise instructed by proper authority.

64.  When Captain receives his papers and boat is not towed up to the time he goes off duty, papers must be placed in the check sheet box on the boat provided for that purpose unless otherwise ordered by proper authority.

65.  Upon arrival at piers, Captains must report promptly to Consignee, Consignor or vessel’s representative.

66.  When papers show that there are charges to be collected, the Captain must not deliver freight unless advised by proper authority that charges have been paid.

67.  Captain must check freight on and

off boat at all times while he is on duty.

68.  Whenever seals are placed on freight house doors of barges, Captains must place a notation on check sheets listing the number of each seal, and whether or not seals were intact when doors were opened to discharge cargo. Should seal be found broken prior to that time, a notation to that effect must be placed on check sheets, giving full particulars. Should the Captain find it necessary to break seal, in order to get into freight house prior to commencement of unloading, suitable notation must be made on check sheets.

69.  A Captain must note on his check sheet whether or not he actually tallied the freight. If a Captain is unable to tally freight, a notation to that effect must be made on tally count, giving the reason.

70.  When tallying freight from boat, Captain must compare with Consignee’s tallyman frequently and should any dispute arise, stop work and refuse to make any further delivery until the count is agreed upon. If necessary, report circumstances to proper authority. When at steamship pier, if Stevedores refuse to stop work in event of dispute, telephone proper authority immediately.

71.  When freight is found in excess of



the manifested amount, the quantity in excess must not be delivered without orders from proper authority.

72.  When freight has been delivered, under no circumstances must a receipt be taken for a lesser amount than was tallied off the boat. If quantity delivered is in dispute, call proper authority as promptly as possible.

73.  When freight is being returned to Home Terminal for any reason, Captain must notify proper authority immediately.

74.  When freight is found on boat with wrong mark, Captain must report to proper authority as promptly as possible, making written report to proper authority, giving order number, car number or numbers, marks, etc.

75.  In making delivery of freight, "bad order" receipts must not be taken by Captain without first consulting with proper authority. Receipts must not be taken reading "more or less damaged," or with any notation which could be classed as "bad order."

76.  Captains must not make deliveries to trucks without a written order from the consignee, and when delivering to consignees’ trucks, must take a memorandum receipt from the driver on the back of reg-

ular receipt for the number of packages on each truck load, showing the license number, and the Custom House number of each truck for each load delivered.

77.  Captain must not mark freight or make any changes in markings of freight or papers unless he receives instructions from proper authority to do so.

78.  Captains must pick up interim receipts as soon as boat is made light whenever possible. Should any dispute arise regarding notations on receipts, notify proper authority immediately.

79.  When loading Westbound freight, Captain must carefully examine same and if found to be in a damaged condition, must not accept freight before consulting with proper authority.

80.  Should a dispute arise with Warehouse or Steamship Company’s tallyman or Delivery Clerk as to the number of packages received, or if not sure of count, Captain must sign receipt "in dispute" or not at all. If Warehouse or Steamship Company refuses to accept a receipt "in dispute" or to give proper notations, do not sign for freight but promptly consult proper authority.

81.  When making out Westbound check sheet, Captain must make up a separate



tally card for each lot, showing the marks and ranges of numbers for each lot, and forward to proper authority.

82.  When handling Westbound freight, Captain must not sign a bill of lading, or any other paper, except a delivery receipt or Custom House document.

83.  When signing for Westbound freight Captain must obtain proper notations covering the actual condition of cargo. When exceptions are noted by Captain on Westbound pick-ups, he must see that those exceptions are placed in Steamship Company’s or shipper’s delivery book before signing for freight.

84.  Captains must insist that suitable notations be taken when freight is contained in old barrels, or if barrels are leaking or have lead patches. Recoopered packages must be examined to determine if contents are intact. Slack packages must be weighed, if possible, and weight of each package noted on receipt given Steamship Company or shipper. Under no circumstances shall Captain pick up wet rags or any freight subject to spontaneous combustion or any package freight that is in bulk or not in proper shipping condition.


The following rules covering Towing and Lighterage Serivee will also apply to Ferry Service Employees:
Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40.

85.  Pilot must station himself in the navigating pilot house before starting boat out of ferry slip.

86.  If Pilot finds it necessary to go down on deck or ashore while boat is made fast to bridge, he must order the Wheelsman to station himself in the inshore pilot house and to remain there until he returns. Either Pilot or Wheelsman must remain in inshore pilot house at all times while boat is unloading or loading.

87.  If necessary to deviate from the ordinary or general manner of handling boat, Pilot must keep the Engineer informed of his intentions, through the speaking tube or telephone.

88.  Wheelsman must not give tell tale signal to the off shore pilot house until upper bridge aprons are raised securely, hook-up chains unhooked, rudder pin up



and lower and upper deck gates closed.

89.  As soon as boat is clear of bridge, Wheelsman must go to the navigating pilot house and remain there with the Pilot until boat reaches destination for which bound.

90.  Whenever possible, Oilers must stand by Engineers when boats are entering or leaving slips and check carefully all bell signals.

91.  Lower deck gates must not be opened until boat has been securely hooked up to the bridge and both hook-up lines fast.

92.  Hook up pennants must not be unhooked, until the last passenger and/or vehicle is on the boat and bridge gates closed.

93.  When boat is in slip rudder pin must not be raised until boat is unhooked from bridge and upper bridge aprons raised and secured.

94.  Deckhands must promptly place chocks provided for that purpose under wheels of vehicles on both ends of ferryboat.

95.  Deckhands, after boat leaves bridge, must pass through their cabins and thereafter station themselves on their respective ends of boat as look outs.

96.  Deckhands must insist that the motors on all vehicles are shut off when parked on boat and that motors are not started again until boat has arrived at the bridge.

97.  When boat is taking on water, should hose slip out of filling pipe or tank overflow, Deckhand must immediately close water control valve on shore.

98.  Deckhands must shovel any coal from the deck into the bunkers as soon as there is room for it, also see that hatch covers on coal bunkers are in place at all times.

99.  Upper deck bridge aprons must not be lowered or ferryboat gates opened until boat has been securely hooked up to bridge with both hook up lines fast.

100.  Employees must use every reasonable effort to prevent passengers from sitting on rails of boats, pointing out in a courteous but firm manner that such a practice is extremely dangerous.

101.  Boat employees must use every reasonable effort to prevent fighting, disturbances, etc. among passengers. If any cases require the service of the Police, employees must so report to the Pilot.

102.  Lower Bridgemen must measure water in pontoons when coming on duty.



103.  Lower Bridgemen must not open bridge gates until boat is secured and bridge properly lowered.

104.  Ticket Sellers and Vehicle Collectors must not permit any unauthorized person to enter their booths.

105.  Ticket Sellers and Vehicle Collectors must collect all fares in accordance with tariffs and make returns in accordance with instructions.

106.  Employees must not permit any person to pass through the Ferry Waiting Room without presenting proper railroad transportation or paying appropriate cash fare.

107.  Upper Bridgemen must keep doors or gates leading from upper concourse waiting room closed at all times when boats are not in the slips. These doors or gates must not be opened until boat is secured to bridge and apron lowered.

108.  When bridges are not in use, lower Bridgemen must see that the pawl is left off the hoisting gear and make hourly inspection of all bridges not in operation.

109.  Employees in the Engine Department must be fully clothed when coming up on deck.

110.  Ferryboat Pilots and Engineers

must be governed by instructions contained in Bulletin 4308 issued December 15, 1949 quoting communication received from the United States Coast Guard.

111.  When necessary to use two rudders the provisions of Bulletin No. 4147 issued February 12, 1943, copy of which is posted in Pilot Houses, must be fully complied with. This bulletin is not applicable to Ferryboat Lackawanna.

112.  The provisions of Bulletin No. 4104 issued March 5, 1942 outlining the policy of giving the incoming boat, in general, the right of way over the outgoing boat, must be fully complied with, in order that collision between two of our ferryboats may be avoided.

113.  Pilots and Engineers on diesel Ferryboat Lackawanna must, in addition to these rules, be governed by special instructions issued and posted in Pilot Houses and engine room of that ferryboat.

114.  The hand bar provided for throwing links over by hand must be kept in front of engine and Engineer must instruct oiler and fireman in its use.

115.  Wheelsmen must collect from deckhands, envelopes containing vehicle tickets for each trip. After checking same and proper entry is made on log, envelopes



must be deposited in receptacles ashore provided for that purpose upon completion of tour of duty.

116.  Deckhands must collect proper ticket from driver of each vehicle before permitting vehicle to board boat. The vehicle tickets collected must be placed in envelopes provided for that purpose and turned over to wheelsman.

117.  Whenever Ferry Pilot signals for policeman by blowing alarm whistles (4 or more short blasts) as boat is entering slip, lower bridgeman should endeavor to contact City or Company Policeman immediately.

118.  Upper Bridgemen at Barclay Street Terminal, New York must keep upper bridge at proper level and operate aprons. Aprons are not to be lowered until boats are secured to bridge. The safety chain connected to upper bridge must be kept hooked on, for safety, when passengers are boarding or leaving boats.


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